Dance Ambassadors

Dance Ambassadors

One Dance UK appoints up to 20 Dance Ambassadors each year through a rigorous recruitment process. Ambassadors are passionate young people aged 15-25 who advocate for dance in general and assist with the delivery of our activities at local, regional and national level.

Who are One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors?

One Dance UK’s Dance Ambassadors are proactive, creative and confident young people from across the UK. They learn about the varied work of One Dance UK and advocate for the organisation and its activities across their networks, liaising with decision makers and stakeholders in their region and nationally. They also volunteer at a variety of dance-related events including conferences and youth dance performances and when possible provide support in the office at key times in the year. Dance Ambassadors provide a crucial ‘youth voice’ in One Dance UK’s advocacy work.

Since 2017/18 ODUK have partnered with Dance Consortium to develop the programme, combining it with their fantastic Future Leaders programme. This provides the Ambassadors with even more exciting opportunities to find out about the roles involved in taking dance on tour and showcasing dance in high profile large-scale venues.

Benefits for the Dance Ambassadors:

  • An opportunity to work with two high profile national dance organisations – One Dance UK and Dance Consortium.
  • Improved future career prospects, gaining a wealth of new skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Develop professional contacts through a variety of networking opportunities.

Dance Ambassadors 2018-2019

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Beth

Dance Ambassador - East/ London

Beth is in her final year at the University of Roehampton, where she is specialising in modules such as Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Teaching Artist and Dance Science and Somatics. She is also the newly appointed Vice-President for Roehampton Dance Society, working as part of a committee organising classes, workshops and social events. She has completed the Chancellors Career Award and works as a Student Ambassador for recruitment, interviews and schools strands. This allows her to highlight her love for studying dance at Roehampton. Alongside her studies, she is a ballet teacher and teaching assistant for an RAD dance school and volunteer for Dance For Parkinsons classes.

Beth is entering her second term as a Dance Ambassador this year, having had such a positive experience last year. Beth feels that being a Dance Ambassador opened her eyes to a whole new entity of dance which she didn’t know existed and is relishing the opportunity to further implement all that she has learnt. Beth is passionate about promoting and advocating for dance in her local area as well as the wider community through discussions with her local MP. Beth is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the Future Leaders aspect of the programme, in partnership with Dance Consortium, and to learn more about the touring dance sector and the career possibilities in this area.

 

Bethany

Dance Ambassador - London

Bethany recently finished her Supported Internship course and is one half of Danzability, based in Greenwich. Danzability run classes, workshops and events, working with older people and those who have a disability or medical conditions. Bethany has danced with Corali and Candoco 2. She enjoys working on events and has a keen interest in photography. Bethany is passionate about inclusive dance and aims to prove that having a disability doesn’t have to hold you back in any aspect of life. Bethany aims to use her own experiences to inspire other young people. She is delighted to take on the role of Dance Ambassador in 2018-19!

Charlotte

Dance Ambassador - Wales

Charlotte is in her third year studying Dance at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. She regularly attends open rehearsals and performances by National Dance Company Wales, based at Dance House in Cardiff Bay. Here she has had the opportunity to shadow the company’s rehearsal director, Lee Johnson, for a two-week period. On a weekly basis, she teaches at the Universal Academy of the Arts in Bridgend, where she delivers jazz, technique, lyrical and theatre classes for students aged 3-17.

As a Dance Ambassador, Charlotte is keen to support the growing dance sector in and around Cardiff and is passionate about increasing access to dance projects and performances for those in rural areas. She is excited to learn more about different aspects of the industry and broaden her knowledge of event management and the running of large organisations such as One Dance UK and Dance Consortium.

 

Elizabeth

Dance Ambassador - North West / London

Elizabeth is a dance student at Roehampton University.  She has danced as a senior member of her school’s gifted and talented company Ignition where she performed in venues such as the Lowry Salford and the Stoke Regent Theatre. She has also took part in the Rambert Elements challenge. Within the private dance sector she has taught the foundation dance styles of ballet, tap and modern dance to younger children.

Elizabeth values being a Dance Ambassador in order to network and meet new people who share the same passion for dance and to explore new ways of thinking about dance. Elizabeth believes that determination, dedication and resilience are key factors in a career in dance and she is keen to have the opportunity to educate young people within schools and from different backgrounds.

Ellie

Dance Ambassador - North East / London

Ellie is currently a student and peer mentor for fellow students on the Dance Studies course at the University of Roehampton. She also volunteers for the Dance for Parkinsons classes at Queen Mary’s Hospital. She is passionate about how dance can make a significant difference within the community. Ellie also attends the university’s Dance Society classes, taking part in a range of different styles and genres including Latin, dance fitness, jazz, hip-hop and commercial.

Ellie has a keen interest in the factors that affect dancers in training such as motivational climates, physical fitness, nutrition and positive mental health. She would like to promote the work of One Dance UK through being a Dance Ambassador in order to make a stronger and better educated generation of dancers and teachers.

Emilie

Dance Ambassador - North West

Emilie is currently studying Performing Arts at the University of Chester. Previously, she was part of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School for 12 years and she still takes the time to volunteer there whenever she is home from university. With Stagecoach she had the opportunity to teach and perform a parade dance for a performance at Disneyland Paris. She has recently started to teach Intermediate Contemporary for Chester Dance and will be choreographing pieces for inter-university competitions.

As a Dance Ambassador, Emilie is excited to have opportunity to support the U.Dance regional and national performances. She believes these events provide unique and memorable experiences for young people where they can develop their creativity and passion for dance. She is also keen to develop more performance opportunities and projects in the North West, particularly in rural areas, having grown up in a small Lake District town herself.

 

Emma

Dance Ambassador - London

Emma recently graduated from the University of Roehampton Dance with a first class degree. Her dissertation at university discussed the ways in which dance can help alleviate pain in older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Exploring this subject area inspired Emma to consider the ways dance can help others in the community. Emma is also currently volunteering at the One Dance UK office where she gains further understanding of the work of the organisation.

Emma is excited to have the opportunity to take on the role of Dance Ambassador to gain further skills, knowledge and experience before entering the world of work in the dance sector. As an Ambassador she hopes to network with the dance community, making new connections with others who share her passion.  She is looking forward to opportunities to build awareness of the positive health benefits of dance.

Hannah

Dance Ambassador - London

Hannah is currently studying dance at the University of Surrey and is undertaking a year-long administrative placement with Hofesh Shechter Company.

She is excited about being a Dance Ambassador as she believes that dance has never been more important for the UK population – to improve physical and mental health, develop communities, celebrate diversity and generally enrich the lives with fun, creativity and freedom of expression. Hannah’s background in dance teaching has shown her first-hand how dance can improve the self-esteem of children, provide an expressive outlet for teenagers and create a social community for adults. She is therefore keen to speak to education policy makers about integrating dance more widely in education and learning about the best ways to support teachers involved in dance education.

Leah

Dance Ambassador - London

Leah is a third year dance student at the University of Roehampton where she has danced in numerous performances and is involved in the Dance Society.  She also attends adult classes at Central Ballet School and has previously been an associate of the school. Leah has recently started working in the community as a freelance teaching assistant and teaching baby ballet classes.

Leah is excited to be a Dance Ambassador in order to gain more confidence in networking with other people in the dance industry and to develop her knowledge of the dance sector, specifically in areas such as dance science, dancer health and injury prevention. Being an Ambassador allows her to learn about the Healthier Dancer programme and the extensive research One Dance UK participate in. This is of particular importance to Leah as an aspiring dancer who is herself recovering from an injury. She is therefore keen to engage with the resources available through One Dance UK which provide support for dancers and help improve awareness of dancer’s health and injuries. She enjoys advocating for dancers’ wellbeing, highlighting the importance of positive mental health in the lives of dancers.

 

Leanne

Dance Ambassador - East

Leanne is a University of Lincoln dance graduate and is currently self-employed, teaching for various companies. She is a freelance dance teacher in primary schools, delivering breakfast and lunchtime clubs and after school activities. Alongside her teaching, she involves herself in as many voluntary opportunities as possible in her local area, including assisting at community dance classes, inclusive dance activities and large-scale events.

Leanne is very excited to be a Dance Ambassador for One Dance UK because dance is something that she has been passionate about from a young age. Leanne feels that being an Ambassador  helps her develop her dance portfolio by learning about the work of One Dance UK and Dance Consortium in depth. She enjoys the opportunity to network with other dance professionals and to promote the positive benefits of dance to others. Leanne is passionate about raising the profile of dance both in her region and nationally.

Lucy

Dance Ambassador - Midlands

Lucy is currently studying HND Dance at Burton and South Derbyshire College. Alongside her studies she has taken part in work experience within a local primary school, delivering dance classes through the national curriculum. She has also assisted for many years with her local dance school, supporting students through their vocational training as dancers, helping them to build confidence and enabling them to express themselves. She has trained in a range of styles and has completed ballet exams up to Intermediate level.

Lucy feels that being a Dance Ambassador will help her to develop her own personal skills as an artist and teacher and expand her knowledge of the wider dance industry. She is keen to support others in their career and training in dance and to develop her knowledge of young people’s dance and health in dance. Lucy also has an interest in social media, marketing and business within dance and is excited about developing these skills as a Dance Ambassador. She is keen to share her own knowledge and experience to make a positive difference to the lives of others through dance.

Maria

Dance Ambassador - London

Maria is a third year dance student at the University of Roehampton and also takes part in the Young Artists Advisory Group at Siobhan Davies Dance. Maria enjoys creating her own choreographic work, performing and facilitating movement based workshops at various platforms and venues across London.

Maria is passionate about dance and feels that the Dance Ambassadors programme offers her excellent tools and opportunities to advocate effectively for dance. She is keen to develop her skills further and meet other creatives and collaborators. She is interested in learning more about showcasing in large-scale venues and developing artistic and business partnerships and collaborations. Maria is keen to develop her management and leadership skills through the Dance Ambassadors programme in order to inspire others in the future.

Martha

Dance Ambassador - South West

Martha has recently graduated with a degree in Dance Theatre from Plymouth Conservatoire. She is currently involved with a number of dance companies and organisations in Plymouth and the South West, through teaching, volunteering, administration and performing. She regularly performed throughout university, including dance, theatre and Taiko drumming. In her final year she gained interest and experience in producing and project management. She is also currently volunteering at Plymouth Dance, assisting with their monthly community events.

As a Dance Ambassador Martha is keen to enhance her networking skills and create more contacts to help dance and its benefits to reach a wider audience in the South West. Martha is concerned by the decline in the arts at secondary school and further education and is keen to make a difference and advocate in this area. She is excited by how being a One Dance UK Ambassador will guide her on how to communicate the importance of dance to schools, MPs and other educational figures. Martha’s first class dissertation was on the subject of health and wellbeing and therefore she enjoys learning more about organisations such as NIDMS and People Dancing and about mental health within dance, as well as nutrition and injury recovery and prevention.

Natalie

Dance Ambassador - Midlands

Natalie is a University of Warwick graduate who has also completed a MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She has recently moved back to her home town to work as a choreographer and movement practitioner. Natalie choreographed a student production at the Edinburgh Fringe and was assistant choreographer for National Youth Musical Theatre’s production of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ at The Other Palace in London.

For Natalie, being a One Dance UK Dance Ambassador means increasing awareness both locally and nationally about dance opportunities, improving the experiences of those who participate in dance activities and creating more chances for people, regardless of background, to enjoy dance. In particular, Natalie relishes the opportunity to continue spreading her passion for youth dance, particularly in community and educational settings. She strongly believes that anyone can enjoy dance, regardless of whether dance is a hobby, a career, something to enjoy at school or a means of self-expression. She also has an interest in dance production and events management and holds a keen interested in helping with workshops and participation events with Dance Consortium.

Sasha

Dance Ambassador - North West / London

Sasha currently works in inclusive dance with young people and adults with additional learning and support needs as well as volunteering with other charities to help support their classes. She runs and supports group sessions as well as providing one to one support to allow participants to get the most out of each class. Sasha attends classes regularly, learning about somatic movement and improvisation to broaden her own dance experience.

Sasha values being a Dance Ambassador as it provides her with the opportunity to learn more about the dance industry and many of the roles that are integral to putting on events, conferences and performances. She enjoys networking and meeting people with similar interests, opening up the possibility of collaborating in the future. For Sasha, dance is important as it creates a sense of community, brings people together and improves wellbeing. She loves being able to share this with others and help them see how important dance is through her work as a Dance Ambassador. Sasha is excited to have a chance to learn more about how One Dance UK works with schools and young people.

Sumi

Dance Ambassador - London

Sumi is currently dancing with London Hula, training in Hawaiian Hula and Tahitian Dance. She is also co-producing the Painted Skin Return dance project for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2019. She performed with Painted Skin Return at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also been responsible as editor, copyrighter and English language expert in Chinese Classical Dance when contacting press and media. Sumi is trained in Chinese Folk Dance and her mission is to share the beauty of Chinese dance styles.

Sumi wanted to be a Dance Ambassador to have opportunities to collaborate with leading dance organisations and companies across the UK and to be involved with supporting the selection process for the U.Dance National Festival. She is keen to be an advocate for and promote Polynesian dance and Chinese dance styles in the UK.

Summer

Dance Ambassador - Isle of Man / North West

Summer is a dance student at the University Of Salford. She has performed in bi-annual dance performances when at home with her local dance school and has also performed at Big Up North, Light Up Lancaster and U.Dance Regionals and Nationals in 2018 with Ludus Youth Dance company. When at home on the Isle of Man, Summer runs her own contemporary and hip-hop dance classes and workshops for young people. She is passionate about inspiring children and young people through dance.

Summer became a Dance Ambassador to meet others who share her passion for dance and to better herself as a dance professional through the opportunity to learn from and network with dance experts. She is keen to continue to develop herself as a dancer, teacher, volunteer, events organiser, public speaker and as a person. She hopes to find new ways to get more people involved in dance as she strongly believes that dance classes, performances and events create a community of people all doing something they love in diverse ways.

Tegan

Dance Ambassador - London

Tegan is a University of Chichester dance graduate and is currently working as an administrator at the Royal Academy of Dance.

As a One Dance UK Ambassador, Tegan would like to get more involved in the grass roots of dance and the arts and develop further opportunities for those members of the community who might not otherwise have access to them.

Victoria

Dance Ambassador - South West

Victoria is a recent Drama and Dance graduate. Having been a One Dance UK Dance Ambassador in 2017/18, Victoria is delighted to return to the role for a second year to continue developing her practice, skills and knowledge. She has a keen interest in the variety of dance work being produced and created in the UK today. Victoria is currently a freelance artist in Plymouth and has worked on community and school dance projects as well as being a volunteer with Plymouth Dance.

Victoria values how being a One Dance UK Dance Ambassador offers a great chance to network and connect with other dancers, choreographers, dance companies and artists not only in her region, but nationally. Victoria is excited about gaining more experience in working within the arts industry through administration, fundraising, project management, and dance facilitation/ teaching. She is extremely proud to represent her region as a Dance Ambassador and is keen to use this platform positively for a second year in order to share the positive benefits of dance.